You’ve graduated from high school, maybe college, and you’re entrenched in your career and/or busy raising a family. You’ve done lots of book learning in the past and you keep up with industry trends in your work. Do you think you’re learning anything new? Do you WANT to learn anything new or do you think that’s what school was all about? If you find you have stopped learning new things, realize that your mind, like your body, preforms best when it gets a workout. Without learning new things, you lose the ABILITY to learn new things.
Ali Luke in the article “You Should Never Stop Learning”, illustrates the importance of learning because:
“Learning Adds Depth to Your Life – If you take the time to consciously learn new things, you’ll find that you live life more deeply.
Learning Keeps You From Getting Bored – Each week, I’m learning new things – and this keeps me interested, motivated and happy.
Learning Keeps You Healthy – our mental facilities are best protected when we use them.
Learning Puts You on the Fast Track to Success –The final reason to continue with life-long learning is because that’s what successful people do.”
So what constitutes learning? Does memorizing every Michigan State University basketball score for the last 10 years comprise learning? Sorry, but no. According to learning-knowledge.com,
“If we learn something we will certainly remember it, but if we memorize something we may not have learned anything. Learning is about fitting things in with what we already know or changing what we know to fit in with things.”
So…learning is about changing. Hhmmmm….seems we’ve heard that some where…. In any case, memorizing isn’t learning because it doesn’t effect a change. How good are you at geography? If you answered terrible, pull out the globe or atlas and figure out where things are. Identifying countries, rivers and mountain ranges is LEARNING!
Geography isn’t your thing? Here are some suggestions:
- Read: books, newspapers, BLOGS, magazines
- Travel: test your new geography skills and visit those areas
- Music: learn to sing or play an instrument
- Hobbies: take up a new one (seems we covered hobbies, too!)
- Code: yep, learn to code – even will.i.am is learning to code
- Teach: whether kids or adults, teaching is a two way street and very often the teacher learns new things as well
- Tech: learn a new computer program, or just learn to use all the features on your iPhone
Learning isn’t just your nose stuck in The Canterbury Tales trying to figure out Chaucer’s humor. Learning new things is fun, adds depth to our lives, keeps our brains healthy, and gives you many things to talk about at a cocktail party.
It’s a big wide world out there. What will YOU learn this week?